Attendees enjoy a visit from bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe.
WELLINGTON, Fla. – March 6, 2019 – Equestrians and horse lovers took a break from the action in the jumper and hunter arenas to learn about Brooke USA at a Lunch & Learn held Thursday, Feb. 28 at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The event drew the largest attendance of the Lunch & Learn series to date during the 2019 season.
Brooke USA Executive Director Emily Dulin gave a presentation and overview of the work Brooke USA funds to help working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve throughout the developing world. She described the work of 100 million animals who serve 600 million families in the poorest communities in the world and some of the areas of greatest need where Brooke USA focuses its efforts.
“We call them the invisible workers,” said Dulin about equines in the developing world. “They work moving goods for families, they work in places where there is no access for vehicles, they work in the timber and coal mining industries alongside their owners, and the brick kilns of India and Pakistan. Their work is dangerous and arduous. Their owners need their help for survival and it is our mission to help them, both humans and animals.”
Another speaker at the Lunch and Learn was Brooke USA ambassador and bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe who talked about her upcoming book, “The Summer Guests,” scheduled to be published by Simon and Schuster in June 2019. Monroe spoke about the inspiration for “The Summer Guests,” set in the equestrian communities of Tryon, North Carolina, and Wellington, Florida, and the power of the story to connect people and the animal world. The book was based on actual events when a group of horse people converged on a farm in Campobello, South Carolina to escape Hurricane Irma. Cindy Boyle, a Brooke USA supporter who introduced Monroe at the event, was the real-life host for the hurricane evacuees.
Celebrity makeup artist Leslie Munsell also inspired one of the characters in Monroe’s upcoming book. The founder of Beauty for Real cosmetics also attended the Lunch and Learn event and demonstrated her Beauty for Real line to guests. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of her products was donated to Brooke USA.
Brooke USA Development Officer Kendall Bierer kicked off Brooke USA’s Paint Wellington Orange, an awareness and fundraising initiative geared at engaging the community with the organization. Local businesses, including California Pizza Kitchen, Don Chepo’s, Pilates Core Arena and more are donating a portion of their proceeds to Brooke USA. Eye Gee Designs, Everything Equestrian and AmTrust are also supporting Paint Wellington. Orange. Check here for details. Paint Wellington Orange leads up to the signature event, Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo™ and White Party on March 22 at The Wanderers Club in Wellington. Michelle Farmer Collaborate will host a cocktail party and shopping experience March 18 from 3-7 p.m. Find the perfect white outfit for Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo™ and White Party. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lisa Marie Bishop, a highly sought-after artist, is also partnering with Brooke USA to help raise funds for equine welfare programs in the developing world. Bishop’s original show jumping painting “Round One,” was featured at the Lunch and Learn. A large selection of Bishop’s stunning works will be available for purchase at J.J. Tate’s Birthday Bash on March 9. Tate, a top dressage rider and Brooke USA ambassador, will host her birthday celebration in honor of Brooke USA, and Bishop will donate a portion of the proceeds to Brooke USA. For more information about J.J. Tate's Birthday Bash, contact Kendall Bierer at email@example.com.
“We are so pleased with the wonderful turnout for the Brooke USA Lunch and Learn,” Dulin said. “It was a great event and we look forward to seeing everyone at our signature event Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo™ and White Party.”
To help Brooke USA in its mission donate now or attend Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo™ & White Party. Click here for tickets.
ABOUT BROOKE USA
Brooke USA’s mission is to significantly improve the welfare of horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need. Through the programs funded, Brooke USA helps equine owners, service providers and governments in the developing world to implement scientifically proven, practical, sustainable and culturally relevant solutions to enormous animal welfare challenges.
Most of the programs funded by Brooke USA are directed by Brooke, the world’s largest international equine charity and the leading experts on working equines around the globe.
ABOUT BROOKE USA'S SUNSET POLO™ & WHITE PARTY
The organization's signature event, Brooke USA's Sunset Polo™ & White Party, will be held Friday, March 22, at 5:30-11 p.m. at The Wanderers Club in Wellington, Florida. The not-to-be-missed event sets an idyllic scene with white cabanas overlooking the tournament-sized polo field and festive lit pool. As the sun sets the exhibition polo match begins, followed by a gourmet meal and celebrity entertainment.
With over 1,000 people in attendance each year, Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo™ & White Party events have raised $1.2 million to benefit Brooke USA, directly improving the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve.
What: Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo™ & White Party
Sunset Polo Match
Touch of Orange Dinner, featuring Gourmet Action Stations & Celebrity Chef Ingrid Hoffmann
VIP Cabanas featuring bottle service and delectable appetizers
Luxury Silent and Live Auctions
Poolside White Party
International artist, Josee Nadeau, live painting
DJ Adam Lipson
Miniature Horses Star & Huck
And much more …
When: Friday, March 22, 2019, 5:30- 11 p.m. EDT
Where: The Wanderers Club 1900 Aero Drive, Wellington, Florida, 33414
Why: To significantly improve the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve in developing nations.
Includes access to the Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo™ & White Party and buffet dinner.
March 1, 2019: $100
At the Door: $125
Children: $50 – Includes dinner and soft drinks
VIP Cabanas, VIP Tables and VIP Bundle:
$3,000 - $7,500
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Click here for more information or contact Events@BrookeUSA.org